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The Great Wall of China- Mutianyu

On our 2nd day here in Beijing, China we booked a tour to head to the Great Wall of China. Now most of the traveling Kristy and I  did through china was with taxi’s since we where staying close to the attraction, or with booked tours. Since the Great Wall was a tad bit far away we opted for a tour which took us there. Yes I know we probably overpaid for the tour, but honesty, we wanted to make sure we got to the right place.

Mutianyu Great Wall Sign

Now there are many different sections to the Great Wall of China, however, the two most popular ones are the Badaling and the Mutianyu sections.  This is because they are the closest to Beijing, the most touristy, and the best restored. We choose the Mutianyu section to visit because we read reviews that it was the least crowed of the two and it had amazing views, boy did we make the right choice!!

Mutianyu Great Wall West 1

Hiking Mutianyu Great Wall

Now on the bus ride up the mountain I originally started to freak out about the snow, we had not prepared for it and I was worried we wouldn’t be able to see anything! However, Kristy reassured me that the wall would be even more amazing in the snow. Once we step off the gondola I agreed, it was stunning. Fortunate the fog that was hindering our views lifted just as we where leaving so I managed to see quite far before we had to go.

Nadine  Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall Side

Kristy  Mutianyu Wall

Nadine and Kristy Great Wall

Unfortunately, we only spent about an hour and a half on the wall which was DEFIANTLY not enough time! You barely have time to get all your photos/videos in and maybe walk a small section of the wall. So that was a slight disappointment, but don’t you worry, I had other plans in mind :)

After the great wall, we took a stop at the Ming Tombs, the burial site of the Emperors.

Ming Tombs 1

Ming Tombs Enterance

Follow the Rabit Hole

Follow the rabbit hole…

Now I didn’t find the Ming Tombs anything special, so if your debating weather or not to visit, I would recommend skipping it.

That’s all the China for today!! Tell me what you think?!

-Nadine

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16 Comments

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    Megan
    July 5, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Hey Nadine. China is a place I have never thought of going to do but now I will this great wall of china looks amazing in the snow. Hope u had an amazing time. Love the videos and cant wait to see more :)

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    Rudy
    July 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Photos look great. I’ll be visiting Beijing later this month. Looking forward to see the great wall!

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    Daniel Johnson
    July 5, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Amazing scenery from the Great Wall! I’m such a weather nerd and love it when you post cool pictures and video with thunder, fog, snow, etc. LOL

    Anyways, very cool! :D I can’t wait for the next video and blog.

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    Don (dspid2404)
    July 5, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Great video and photos. I liked in the video where you gave your personal impressions of the wall compared to what you imagiined it might be like. It added something to it. I look forward to more on China. Till then.

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    Nick
    July 5, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Its weird seeing snow and warm clothes when its 100+ degrees in Texas….hopefully you can warm up!

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    Kiimm
    July 5, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Wow, looks amazing.. Looks like you have alot of fun .. Love you Videos and photos :)
    I look forward to more on China :)

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    Jimmbboe
    July 6, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Awesome pictures! I’m glad the fog lifted so you could see it better. Your video was also excellent

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    Hannah
    July 8, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I’ve never really been all that bothered about visiting China, but after seeing this, I really want to go! The pictures are amazing, by the way :)x

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    M-Knight
    July 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    amazing view of the Great Wall during winter…love it and cheers

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    Mark
    November 8, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Its hard to compete with nature on her beauty, but some of the buidings and structures are so unique it just makes your jaw drop. Oh- going out on a limb here but you in that hat redifines the word c-u-t-e!

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    suzanne gendron
    April 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    WOW….I WILL BE GOING TO CHINA NEXT YEAR…CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE GREAT WALL.
    TKS NADINE FOR THE VIDEO.

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    Andy
    June 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Hey Nadine
    Great video and photos. I log on to your blog on a regular basis. Having read this I thought it was rather informative. I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this article together. I once again find myself personally spendinga significant amount of time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

    Mutianyu Great Wall is a good alternative for Badaling, often quiet, with less tour buses and stops. Being the longest fully restored section of Great Wall, Mutianyu has the complete facilities including a cable car, chairlift and toboggan.I’d love to share a blog with you:http://www.wildgreatwall.com/mutianyu-toboggan-ride/

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